A few weeks ago there was concern that the new NASA budget would cut the James Webb Telescope from the budget. Like any concerned citizen I sent an email to my representatives and tell them to support the James Webb Space Telescope. My representatives where Congressman Rick Larson, Senator Patty Murray, and Senator Maria Cantwell. I told them that the billion dollar telescope is needed for America because we don’t have a vision anymore without the shuttles now. It created American jobs and shows America can be a leader for science, so that we will not be 2nd place to the Europeans or the Russians.
The first Email I got back is from Senator Patty Murray.
Dear Mr. Evans:
Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for the James Webb Space Telescope. I appreciate having the benefit of your views on this matter.
The views of Washingtonians are very important to my work. I will keep your thoughts in mind, and I encourage you to stay in touch. If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my weekly updates at. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.
United States Senator
It’s a ok reply. I would love to see a better response than the typical copy paste letter. At least she mentions my subject.
Now lets look at Maria Cantwell’s:
Dear Mr. Evans,
Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts on federal spending. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
Government has a responsibility to spend taxpayers’ dollars wisely, but it also has a responsibility to provide certain services and guarantees to the American people. I take both of these very seriously. To ensure that we have the ability to maintain our infrastructure, defend our borders, educate our children, and more, it is imperative that we keep our financial house in order.
It is critical that we carefully evaluate all spending proposals that come before the U.S. Congress; we have to focus on investing taxpayer dollars wisely. In this time of economic crisis, I believe it is especially important that Congress prioritize those measures that will foster long-term economic growth. We must reinvest in our education system, in our workers, in our nation’s infrastructure and in the development of clean energy technologies that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil. By making these important investments today and helping revitalize our economy, we can leave our children with prosperity not debt.
As a member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee I will continue to work with President Obama and with my colleagues to draft legislation that strikes the right balance in how we collect and spend federal tax dollars so we can leave more than debt to the next generation. I understand that this issue is especially important to you; be assured that I will keep your views in mind as we craft legislation.
Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. You may also be interested in signing up for periodic updates for Washington State residents. If you are interested in subscribing to this update, please visit my website. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
United States Senator
What the hell? Did they even read my letter? I never talked about federal spending. I was talking about NASA’s future with the James Webb Telescope and why as Americans that we need to save it.
If Maria is like this what is Rick is like?
Thank you for contacting me to express your concern about the proposed cut in funding to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the termination of funding for the James Webb Space Telescope. I appreciate hearing from you and I welcome the opportunity to respond.
As you may know, H.R. 2596, the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Act of 2012, passed the House Appropriations Committee on July 13 of this year. Under the proposed funding bill, NASA would receive $16.8 billion in FY2012 funding, a $1.6 billion cut from FY2011 levels. In addition, the James Webb Space Telescope program would be terminated.
I share your commitment to space exploration and enhanced research and development programs, and am disappointed that our federal budget does not sustain continued support for this program. Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind when this bill comes to the House floor for a vote, as well as in the future if further legislation regarding space exploration and research is proposed.
Again, thank you for sharing you concerns with me. In the future, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding this or any other issue of importance to you.
United States Representative
Washington State, 2nd District
I am speechless.
Rick and his team has shown me that they have the skills to communicate with their constituents. This is how every representative we elect should communicate. A good representative needs to be close to their constituents almost personal matter. They truly understand what I meant and feel about the James Webb Telescope and my vision of a better NASA.
Rick you have my respect.